Association of Food Scientists and Technologists-India; AFST(I):
The Association of Food Scientists and Technologists has been in existence since August 1957 and is registered under the Karnataka State Societies Act. This is one of the biggest Associations in the country reaching global platform through professional membership of scientists, technologists and engineers who are tomorrow's professionals. Today, total 36 Chapters in India, its membership is around 3,000 food scientists and technologists around the globe.
AFST(I) membership is open to all food professionals engaged in academic, industrial and other related activities. It has a well-written constitution, which forms the backbone of guidelines by which the Head Quarters and Chapters are functioning through their elected Central Executive Committee (CEC) and Local Executive Committees (LECs) respectively. The election of Office Bearers to these committees, their powers and functions are part of the constitution. One of the fundamental duties of the Association is to bring together members on a platform along with the experts in the field not only from India but also from abroad, along with the captains of the industries to share the commonalities of the cutting edge technology in today's changing scenario. It is in this context that the Association organizes the annual conferences ICFoST, which is attended by a large number of scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs, and it hosts an international conference IFCoN once in every five years. The two journals, the Journal of Food Science and Technology (JFST) and the Indian Food Industry Mag (IFI Mag) are the flagships of AFST(I) activities. Receiving of Indian Food Industry Mag (Print copy)and online access code to Journal of Food Science and Technology (JFST) are being the privilege of an AFST(I) member.
Main objective of AFST(I) is to strive for the advancement of all aspects of science and technology relating to the production, processing and distribution of food and in pursuit of this objective, AFST(I) will seek:
Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam: Tezpur University is a central university located in Tezpur in the Nortn Eastern state of Assam established by a Act of parliament in 1994. This university is awredee of Visitor’s Best University Award, 2016; ranked 5th among indian top 100 universities of MHRD-NIRF 2016. It is one of the Premier Higher Learning Institutions of India and is fully residential University, which has recently featured in the Times Higher Education (THE) World’s top 20 Best Universities, offers 73 academic programmes through 22 departments under the Schools of Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Management, and Sciences. The University also offers 07 programmes under its open and distance mode. With more than 4000 students, 250+ faculty members and 270+ administrative and technical personnel, the University today is a hub of quality activities in higher education and research.
The 262-acre meticulously planned campus of the University provides an excellent ambience for pursuit of education and research. Apart from the state-of-the-art laboratories at the departments, the University has a Sophisticated & Analytical Instrumentation facility, which currently houses a number of sophisticated instruments. The Central Library with its LybSys software, serves as the hub of information services apart from being a knowledge centre with more than 90,000 documents comprising books, theses, journals/e-journals, conference proceedings, CDs, etc. The University takes special care to cultivate the minds of the students through various co-curricular activities.
In its 25th glorious year, the University has emerged as one of the most sought after universities in the North East and striving to become a truly outstanding university in the country and in the global arena.
CSIR−Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysuru, Karnataka: CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute has been one of the prime Institution under Council of Scientific & Industrial Research under Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India devoted to Food Science & Technology for more than six decades. The Mandate of the Institute includes ensuring food and nutritional security of the country through S&T interventions.
The Institute has been in the forefront in generating quality human resources for the development of food industry. The spectrum of programs offered are post-graduation in Food Technology, Integrated M.Sc-Ph.D in Nutrition Biology, Certificate in Flour Milling and short term training for entrepreneurs and Industry personnel. Over 250 students are pursuing their doctoral studies in food and allied subjects.
Over the years, CSIR-CFTRI has brought out many innovative products and processes into the market in tune with the state-of-art R&D practices and the changing lifestyles of the consumers. Some of the pioneering efforts include introduction of infant foods, Instant ready-mixes, parboiling of paddy, Spirulina cultivation, health and wellness food products including superfoods.
Societal interventions have been the hallmark of the unique Institution and large numbers of farmers are empowered regularly on affordable and sustainable methods for value addition to agri-commodities contributing to rural economy.
The Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL): The Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) was established on 28th December, 1961 under the aegis of Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Government of India, at Mysore especially to cater to the strategic operational requirements of our Services and to provide logistical support in the area of food supplies and varied food challenges of Indian Army, Navy, Air force and other Paramilitary Forces. In operational situations, the soldiers are deprived of the fresh produce needed to sustain life processes. Even normal regime of cooking becomes extremely cumbersome and difficult. The R & D efforts at DFRL are aimed at designing and engineering lightweight, convenience pack rations for Army, Navy, Air Force and other Paramilitary Forces, which do not require any elaborate cooking or preparation at the consumer's end and remain shelf-stable under varying climatic conditions for periods ranging from 6 months to I year. This is the only Laboratory, which is exclusively engaged in Research and Development in the field of Food Science and Technology for Defence Forces. Prior to the inception of DFRL, the laboratory functioned as a Food Group within the precincts of Defence Science Laboratory, Delhi. DFRL, through the dedicated efforts of its scientists and technologists, over the last five and half decades, has been able to conserve, preserve, stabilize, design, fabricate and engineer a vast array of food products of Indian dietary which are not only shelf stable under all weather conditions but also deliver adequate nutrition and energy to keep the morale of our Service personnel high at all times. Through enormous and substantive contributions, DFRL has developed a wide variety of food products of Indian dietary matching the mainframe palate/tastes of the country. Many of the DFRL foods, born out of innovative state-of-the-art technologies, lend themselves eminently suitable to industrial scale commercial exploitation by enterprising entrepreneurs of different genre. DFRL also has products which are export worthy. DFRL is also engaged in the development and evaluation of food products, packaging materials and field test kits to meet the requirements of Service Forces. To fulfil this mandate, the laboratory is closely working with academic institutions, R&D centres and other Govt agencies. DFRL has more than 500 To T's to its credit thus contributing to employment generation, vendor generation for armed forces, and make in India initiative of the GOI in Food Sector. DFRL can be reckoned as the leader in convenience foods and packed ration developments in this country. Indigenous ingenuity is the hallmark of most of the technologies developed at DFRL. The laboratory is ISO 900I:2015 and ISO 22000 certified.